In the beginning.....I chose to become a potter because of the allure of the wheel. When I watched a potter forming a pot on the wheel it seemed like magic. I wanted to be part of that magic.
As I learned to throw I found that physical effort was needed to create medium and especially, large pieces and I enjoyed that physicality.
Then I encountered glazes! Ah, the joy and the disappointment of glazes. I consider forming the pot from the raw clay a physical act, but I consider glazing almost a metaphysical one. The beauty of a well thrown pot can either be damaged or enhanced by the glaze which enrobes it.
A few years ago, through the experimental spirit of our teacher Lionel Mindin, our class was introduced to crystalline glazes. I fell in love with the beauty and uniqueness of the crystals and decided to embark on a journey to try to create these remarkable glazes. Through reading, experimenting and some helpful suggestions from generous potters I have had a level of success for which I am most thankful. Perhaps the advanced chemistry classes I took in college have helped me in formulating the glazes from raw materials along with some whispered prayers.
Hand building is a pleasure too and I like to make funny little creatures which I call " Merrymals." I also make functional pottery.
Photography is another adventurous endeavour that brings me joy. Most of my photographs are of nature, especially of the wonderful beings with whom we share a garden.
This poem by William Blake expresses much of my spirit and my experience of life:
To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour
Thank you for visiting with me, mary merrill